What Would Buddy Do?
Soft focus feature stories teach us all important lessons about gangs in Chicago
Posted on October 9th, 2007 at 7:54 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I dont really know what this isSo I guess The Eagles Official Site is now in the needs-and-feelings feature story business? I thought even SI was cutting back on these things (in favor of more fantasy news, celeb-style coverage of athletes’ favorite foods, and, of course, straight-up boobs)? Isn’t the format a little tired? This thing even has sections separated by the little asterisk thingies (”*****”).

That said, I read today’s piece about Jason Avant, and walked away (predictably) thinking that he seemed “like a really solid guy” who’d “been through a lot.” Sure. Got that.

Of course, my other big takeaways were squarely focused in the “I didn’t know that about gangs” department. For example, I didn’t know that the two big gangs in Chicago were called the Gangster Disciples and the Vice Lords. These are important details. (As an FYI I found the Wikipedia entries to be very instructive.)

Also, I wasn’t quite sure what this meant:

He also realized that his new role as big man on campus brought with it an entirely new set of temptations. They weren’t the temptations of drugs and gang life that dogged him in Chicago, but they were temptations none the less, and Avant admits he succumbed at times.

Does that just mean recruiting violations in the hot tub? Anyone?

Anyhoo, I hope Jason Avant and his savior do a bang-up job of catching passes and scoring touchdowns on Sunday.

Avant’s faith is far from cliche

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Link Here | October 9, 2007,

The Boston Herald running a story on the Eagles?!? They need to balance out the feel good Pats & Sox stories.

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